1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Prima Pils - Victory Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Prima PilsPrima Pils

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

4,252 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 4,252
Reviews: 1,967
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 12.13%
Wants: 152
Gots: 255 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
ca. 44 IBU

(Beer added by: Todd on 07-27-2001)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Prima Pils Alström Bros
Ratings: 4,252 | Reviews: 1,967 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of gafferjohn


3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

01-17-2012 19:00:35 | More by gafferjohn
Photo of jmmy3


4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

02-11-2013 05:42:57 | More by jmmy3
Photo of SharkNado


3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

03-12-2014 23:59:36 | More by SharkNado
Photo of jaluria


4.13/5  rDev +2.2%

A golden beauty with very minimal head that remains for just a few seconds. Excellent carbonation that gives the impression of champagne. Aromas of yeast, malt, grains, and hops. The taste is an excellent example of this style with it's crisp, bitter taste upfront followed by a dry finish. Hop bitterness dominates the malt, but both flavors are detectable. The carbonation simply addes to the dry, hop profile. The aftertaste is quite bitter, but not unpleasant or overly dominant. A refreshing beer with good taste. I can easily have a few of these.

11-09-2005 14:15:39 | More by jaluria
Photo of MrKennedy


3.78/5  rDev -6.4%

12oz bottle obtained via trade with Knapp85. Huge thanks for this long time want! Poured into a Redoak globe style glass.

Pours a glowing golden colour, with a touch of orange. Has a nice white soft bubble, fluffy head of foam that settles down and laces the glass well.

Nice floral aroma, Euro style, but without the mustiness, instead this is replaced by a nice grassy aroma.

Malty flavour, the hops add some grassy, slightly earthy flavour to it and give it some depth.

Perfect body for the size, finishes with some nice, balanced but ever-present, bitterness.

Overall a complex pilsner, well executed, drinkable as well. Wouldn't mind this as a go-to lager. Thanks Knapp85!

06-10-2011 10:21:12 | More by MrKennedy
Photo of joeseppy


4.05/5  rDev +0.2%

Very pale gold with a generous two inch white head.

Aroma is beautiful. Herbal and white pepper on the nose. Love the German hop presence with bready overtones. The malt mingles well.

Taste has nice hop power with subtle souring notes. I'm sticking with the white pepper spiciness and biscuit.

Medium body and a bit creamy finish.

This takes me back to the glory days of what Stella Artois was. Great traditional pilsner that takes you back. Thanks for breweries like Victory and the craft industry to bring back quality and great taste.

02-28-2014 23:32:20 | More by joeseppy
Photo of Jstark5150


4/5  rDev -1%

12-29-2011 07:43:50 | More by Jstark5150
Photo of CBlack85

South Carolina

3.88/5  rDev -4%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass

This beer pours a clear golden color with a respectable amount of foamy white head. The head subsides quickly and leaves a minimal amount of lacing.

The hops hit you in the nose, hard, but not in a bad way. Once I got past the hops I notice a hint of lemon zest, vaguely citrusy. I am starting to get excited about trying this beer

The hops are definately evident from the first sip. Slightly sweet, mildly bitter, maybe a hint of grassyness. A little weak on the malt presence. Very refreshing, crisp, I am pleasantly surprised.

Light, crisp, a slight tingle of carbination on the tounge. This has the right mixture of flavors and is easy enough to drink that it keeps me coming back for more. I would like to see a slightly larger malt profile, as there is just the slightest hint of bready malts. Just a little too hoppy for me to consider it a traditional example of the style, it seems like alot of American breweries tend to over hop thier pilsners.

This is a good summer beer, easy to drink, clean, but still has enough character to be enjoyable. Not my favorite example of the style

12-21-2009 01:43:56 | More by CBlack85
Photo of Number3red


5/5  rDev +23.8%

11-27-2011 01:32:00 | More by Number3red
Photo of KolbMarley


4/5  rDev -1%

04-09-2014 12:05:05 | More by KolbMarley
Photo of xgrigorix


3.95/5  rDev -2.2%

Medium gold, clear, with a puffy white cloud floating on top. Steady carbonation rises from the depths. Head eventually settles in leaving a stream of lace in it's wake. A quick swill brings the head right back. And I smell hops!
Just a touch of sweetness up front, quickly gives way to an over the top hop laden finish. Dry, with hints of lemon grass. Spicy, floral, and bitter all at the same time. Just enough of the malt sticks around to keep it from crashing in on itself. Very clean flavor, crisp, and quite refreshing.

06-17-2003 09:55:54 | More by xgrigorix
Photo of depechemode1983


4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

A - Hazy yellow in color. White rocky head. Spotty lacing. Visible carbonation. Refreshing and tasty looking.

S - Fresh mild citrus hops with a good malt backbone and hints on lemon. Smell is very clean.

T - Clean and crisp citrus hops with a nice undertone. Finishes with a lemony bite.

M/D - Smooth like bodied, perfect carbonation. I could drink this stuff all night. Very well balanced and extremely refreshing. Also very attractive looking when poured correctly. Has a nice glow about it.

12-27-2010 22:07:43 | More by depechemode1983
Photo of Portertime


4.43/5  rDev +9.7%

I heard about Victory a while ago and was delighted they have expanded and are now at my store. Poured a bright golden color with a towering white head and hundreds of tiny bubbles ever floating up to the surface. The smell was wonderful with lemon, bread, pineapple, and other citrus. The taste was smooth as silk with a citrus zest and a good balance of hops. A perfect rendition of a German classic and quaffable as hell to boot!

04-09-2010 00:13:21 | More by Portertime
Photo of BamaBeerBuff

North Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +9.7%

On-tap at the Brick Store Pub, served in its own glass.

A: A light yellow-gold with a relatively thick, creamy head that retains well and produces some nice rings of lace all the way down the glass.

S: An intense, rich aroma with some faint grainy malts and loads of herbal and grassy hops. Some light lemony aroma, too.

T&M: Sweet grain malt backbone with a huge herbal, lightly spicy hop flavor. The finish is pleasantly drying. Body is medium with an astringent feel.

D: Definitely a quaffer. This beer is tasty, zesty, and refreshing. Best pilsner I've had yet.

07-08-2008 02:11:08 | More by BamaBeerBuff
Photo of WMEugene


4.4/5  rDev +8.9%

A - Pours a golden, straw yellow color with a bubbly head that slowly dissipates. Rather clear. Light lacing. Looks exactly like a pilsner should.

S - Smells of grains, lighter malts, and faint hops. It's pretty malty for this light of a beer, but it's an attractive smell.

T - Very malty (like the smell, lighter malts), with noticeable hops flavors on the back. Very crisp and well-balanced.

M - Light to medium bodied, nice carbonation level. Crisp tasting with a nice, well-balanced aftertaste.

O - Victory's Prima Pils is the best American-made pilsner I've ever had. It's crisp, flavorful and well-crafted that is light years beyond the fizzy macros that claim to have true pilsner taste. Highly recommended!

12-04-2011 19:21:24 | More by WMEugene
Photo of Lelampp


4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

12-22-2013 20:28:45 | More by Lelampp
Photo of Andonato


4/5  rDev -1%

12-02-2013 16:38:27 | More by Andonato
Photo of JWalterWeatherman


3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

04-28-2014 15:31:00 | More by JWalterWeatherman
Photo of ThaBobfather


4.03/5  rDev -0.2%

Pours a very bright golden shade with a great topping of foamy bleach white head.
Smell is VERY floral-with hints of citrus and some pine.
Taste is complex for a pilsener with a start of earthy and floral hops-ending with a nice citrus hops flavor.
Finish is very dry with a solid citrus-floral after-taste.
Drinks great-something I would consider highly refreshing.

02-19-2010 17:23:42 | More by ThaBobfather
Photo of mrosenfeld32


4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

07-12-2012 23:00:27 | More by mrosenfeld32
Photo of BryanCDM


3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

03-04-2014 04:10:36 | More by BryanCDM
Photo of PSUDREW


3.35/5  rDev -17.1%

While I am not a big fan of Pilsners,as per habit, I am rather fond of this beer (as I am with w/ most victory product, but f you if you call it bias- commie bastatrds)

It pours a light, hazy straw color, some head (not to much) and no noticable lace going down

Smells citrusy and ligt, nothing to noticable.

There is a noticable hop presence there, nothing domiating over the malt, but there is a hop thing going on. The citrus flavor is dominat in a good way, there is some malt in the back round, but nothing big.

It fells good going down, a nice light, well balanced beer. Very Very refesning break when going on the town with stuff like Storm King or Ruination. I could drink this all day and night, and, your non BA friends prob could tood. Enjoy

02-15-2004 04:56:36 | More by PSUDREW
Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS


3.45/5  rDev -14.6%

Not sure what all the hype is about with this beer. With over 600 reviews and an average over "4", I am not sure what the deal is. This beer reminds me of when I was young, doing the dishes and and enjoying the spoils of what was left over. I feel the Pilsner style is weak, period.

A. Pale.
S. Stale.
T. See above.
M. Chalky
D. Weak.

05-26-2007 11:30:44 | More by FLAbeergutinMASS
Photo of SamN


4/5  rDev -1%

Fairly hazy honey color, fine white head with a decent top and some visible carbonation. Pretty beer looks. Aroma is of herbal hops dominance and a background of fine German pilsner malts. A little woody, some hops citrus there too, a little biscuity. Good balance in the nose. Taste is a great crisp balance of the pale malts used and a aggressive hopping style, there is a pretty hoppy pils. But it never becomes too much or one sided, the malts are always there to mellow it out. Distinctly bitter finish with a slight resiny lingering. Body is a little bigger than your average Deutsch pils. Carbonation is subtle and pleasing. Drinkability is good, too, Prima Pils makes a dangerous trifecta of smells, tastes and looks.

Quite good, my first Victory Brewing beer and I am impressed.

01-02-2011 04:04:46 | More by SamN
Photo of ndekke39


4/5  rDev -1%

Served from a 12 oz. bottle with a December 17, 2007 best-by date. I hope I'm not too late! Decanted into a pint glass.

A: Mostly clear straw yellow with a small, white head. Not much retention or lacing.

S: Sweet grainy aromas, hint of honey, touch of bitter hops. A little bit of wheat, even.

T: Crisp and pretty clean. Starts light, blossoms into a mellow hoppiness, then ends with a nice grainy aftertaste. Not the boldest flavors, but it travels well.

M: Light-bodied. Slight touch of carbonation.

D: Overall, this is a very nice pilsner. Not my favorite ever, but it's still a fine example.

01-27-2008 03:15:18 | More by ndekke39
Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 4,252 ratings.